Campus Advisory Access the latest updates, FAQs, and resources for the Adelphi community on the global coronavirus pandemic. » COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Updates on Operations: Department or campus operations may be modified during this time. Please call or email the department for more information or visit

Maltreatment and Neglect

Here are some key physical and emotional indicators.

Physical Indicators of Maltreatment and Neglect or Emotional Maltreatment

  • Failure to thrive (physically or emotionally)
  • Positive drug toxicology, especially in newborns
  • Lags in physical development
  • Consistent hunger, poor hygiene and inappropriate dress for the weather
  • Speech disorders
  • Consistent lack of supervision for extended periods, or in dangerous situations
  • Unattended physical problems or medical needs
  • Chronic truancy
  • Abandonment

Child Behavioral Indicators

  • Begging or stealing food
  • Extended stays at school (arriving early or staying late)
  • Constant fatigue, listlessness or falling asleep in class
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Delinquency
  • States there is no caretaker
  • States that domestic violence or intimate partner abuse is going on in or outside of the home
  • Runaway behavior
  • Habit disorders such as sucking, biting, rocking, etc.
  • Conduct disorders such as antisocial behavior, destructive behavior, etc.
  • Neurotic traits such as sleep disorders, inhibition of play
  • Psychoneurotic behaviors such as obsessions, compulsions, phobias or hypochondriasis
  • Exhibits behavioral extremes (aggressive, demanding, compliant, passive)
  • Overly adaptive behavior, such as being inappropriately adult-like or infant-like
  • Mental or emotional developmental lags
  • Attempts suicide or gestures, self-mutilation

Adapted from: Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Maltreatment/Neglect: Mandated Reporter Trainer’s Resource Guide. New York State Office of Children and Family Services: CDHS/Research Foundation of SUNY/BSC (2009).

Follow Adelphi Social Work at:   

For further information, please contact:

School of Social Work
p – 516.877.4300